TODAY   |  November 12, 2009

Palin opens up about Couric, Johnston

Nov. 13: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin begins her book tour with an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which she talks about Levi Johnston, the McCain campaign and her interview with Katie Couric. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>> al, thank you.

>>> and now to the new revelations former alaska governor sarah palin is making in her new memoir "going rogue." nbc's andrea mitchell has details. good morning, andrea.

>> reporter: good morning, meredith. barely four months after sarah palin 's emotional farewell, she's launching a book tour with all the trappings of the presidential campaign . starting with an " oprah " taping for next week's show, john mccain 's running mate is now running for revenge against what she sees as her tormenters in the campaign and the media.

>> let's talk about the interview with katie couric .

>> must we?

>> yeah.

>> okay.

>> what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read?

>> did you think that was a seminole defining moment for you, that interview?

>> i did not, and neither did the campaign.

>> all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years. the campaign said right on, good, you're showing your independence, this is what america needs to see. i'll try to find you some and i'll bring them to ya. of course, i'm thinking, if you thought that was a good interview, i don't what a bad interview was, because i knew it wasn't a good interview.

>> reporter: but in her book obtained by the "associated press," palin described the interview as badgering and biased. at the same time, she writes the campaign kept her bottled up from reporters. written at breakneck speed with a collaborator, palin titles her book "going rogue," adopting the mccain campaign's anonymous spike. they called her a diva for demanding a chance to deliver her own concession speech. mccain vetoed that.

>> okay, listen up, everybody, isles going rogue right now.

>> reporter: now it's payback time and payoff time for palin . she writes that she wondered at the time who was paying for those fancy clothes, but family members were told it's part of the convention, that the mccain campaign initially tried to glamorize her daughter bristol's pregnancy.

>> there was a lot that went on in terms of the name-calling, the clothes, the diva remarks, those types of things, that of course she would express frustration with.

>> reporter: now palin is expected to earn millions from book sales as she launches a bus tour through battleground states .

>> the book tour, you know, the appearances on television are all designed to sort of rehabilitate that image in a way that would help her reconnect with the grassroots that loved her so much.

>> reporter: but not going away, the palin family's soap opera . remember levi johnston, the disgruntled father of her grandchild, who has been spilling palin family secrets .

>> she's an incredible lady, but there are times, you know, she's not up front with everybody.

>> reporter: palin 's spokeswoman accused levi of lying, but now palin told oprah that would invite him to thanks giving dinner.

>> he is a part of the family and you want to bring him in the fold and under your wing.

>> reporter: but as palin was taping that interview, levi was preparing for a pornography awards ceremony at a new york club wednesday night, and thursday began nude photo shoots for "playgirl." on that subject of levi , palin also told oprah , "we don't have to keep going down the road of controversy and drama all the time. we're not really into the drama." by the way, "going rogue" is unusual for a political book in that it has no index. that does save the publisher money, especially for a book that was rushed into print, but it also means that all those people who have crossed sarah palin now have to actually read her book to find out what she says about them, not just look themselves up in the index, and that could be palin 's final revenge. meredith?

>> it's a smart move.

>> reporter: you bet.